Monday, December 2, 2013

King Joffrey to retire from acting to focus on... charity work?

Jack Gleeson gives you a face that you love to hate.

As reigning Game of Thrones inbred douche extraordinaire Joffrey Baratheon, it's all but required that he makes viewers dislike him with every smirk at his disposal.

So it's not exactly a shock that the 21-year-old Gleeson is planning to hang up his career in acting after this role. After all, it's hard to go anywhere good after bringing one of the most cruel and sadistic characters from modern fantasy to life.

What is shocking, however, is the reason why Gleeson's retiring.  It turns out that he's not hanging it all up because of fans raging on him, or because he doesn't think he'll be able to top his Joffrey, but rather because he wants to focus on the most un-Joffrey lifestyle possible: charity work.

In speaking to The Independent, the remarkably grounded Gleeson said that "Since going to Trinity [College] and garnering an interest in philosophy and with Goal and my theatre company I've kind of just re-evaluated what I want to do," he said. "I'm 21, so it's hard to decide what kind of course life will take."

source: BBC

Gleeson recently returned to his home country after a charity mission to Haiti with the Irish charity organization Goal, so this seems like a natural progression.  Or rather, it would be a natural progression if he didn't have a multi-million dollar career waiting for him in Hollywood.

As it shakes out, however, that lifestyle never really appealed to the young Irishman.

"It was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing Game of Thrones perhaps the reality was made too real for me. The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn't something I gravitate towards."

Finally, The Independent notes that Gleeson will be "happy to return to anonymity" following the end of Game of Thrones.

As if the internet would ever let that happen.